Abstract - Technical Program - 2nd USENIX Windows NT Symposium
A Thread Performance Comparison: Windows NT and Solaris on a Symmetric Multiprocessor
Fabian Zabatta and Kevin Ying
Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate School
Manufacturers now have the capability to build high performance multiprocessor
machines with common PC components. This has created a new market
of low cost multiprocessor machines. However, these machines are
handicapped unless they have an operating system that can take advantage
of their underlying architectures. Presented is a comparison of two
such operating systems, Windows NT and Solaris. By focusing on their
implementation of threads, we show each system's ability to exploit multiprocessors.
We report our results and interpretations of several experiments that were
used to compare the performance of each system. What emerges is a
discussion on the performance impact of each implementation and its significance
on various types of applications.
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